A&S Certificate for Outstanding Teaching

Arts & Sciences Certificate for Outstanding Teaching

To recognize excellence in undergraduate instruction by Teaching Assistants, the College of Arts & Sciences has established the Certificate for Outstanding Teaching award.  Fifteen Teaching Assistants, five per area (Math/Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities), will receive a certificate and monetary award.

The A&S Outstanding Teaching Certificate is open to graduate student Teaching Assistants in an A&S graduate program who have not received a terminal degree in the award year and who had responsibility for instruction in some or all of a course offered by the College of Arts & Sciences.  The eligibility for the award includes courses offered by A&S departments as well as those offered by A&S interdisciplinary programs or through other programs. The award is for cumulative teaching history, not exclusively for the semesters of the award year. Graduate students may only win the award once; past recipients are ineligible.

Nomination Process
Each A&S department or program may nominate up to three Teaching Assistants for recognition.  For each candidate, the following material must be provided:

  • 2-3 letters of recommendation including one from a faculty member who has superivsed their teaching.  The other letter(s) may be from faculty or students.
  • A Graduate School classroom observation form from a recent semester.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • A statement by the nominee of their teaching philosophy.
  • A list of all courses taught by the nominee, the approximate number of students in each class,  and the student evaluation scores for “Quality of Instruction” and “Quality of Course” or its departmental student evaluation form equivalent.
  • Nominees may include individual student evaluations and/or teaching evaluation forms in the dossier, but the application dossier may not exceed 20 pages.
  • Nominee must be a student in an A&S graduate program, at least in the second year of graduate work and not have received a terminal degree in the field in the award year.
  • The award is for cumulative teaching history, not exclusively for the semesters of the award year.

Method of Selection
The A&S Educational Policy Committee (EPC) will be responsible for awarding the certificates.  The three area subcommittees will serve as respective selection committees for each set of area awards.  The department chair will be notified of the results early April 2018.  Presentation of the award to the recipient will be by the department.

Deadline for Nominations
One complete nomination packet in PDF format with all appropriate documentation must be submitted to Camille Harmon at camille.harmon@uky.edu, no later than noon on Friday, March 2.  For questions, please contact Abbie Loynachan at 257-1375 or abbie.loynachan@uky.edu

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